Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross D. Stowers, whose wife, Dawna, is the daughter of Ondra and Rodney Gray of Belmont, Ohio, alongside approximately 180 Sailors, recently reached the midway point of their regularly scheduled six month deployment attached to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 116 (VAW-116) stationed in Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), Point Mogu, Calif., while attached to USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
VAW-116 flies the E-2C Hawkeye, an all-weather, carrier-based aircraft. The Hawkeye uses computerized radar, Identification Friend or Foe and electronic surveillance sensors to provide early warning, threat analysis against potentially hostile air and surface targets.
During this deployment VAW-116 made command history by landing a Hawkeye on a foreign warship for the first time. During dual carrier operations with the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle (R91), VAW-116 made a few passes on the foreign carrier.
For more information on VAW-116, please visit www. vaw-116. navy. mil and www. navy. mil